It was time for another expansion draft in the National Hockey League, and that means it was time for some odd wheelings and dealings as usual.
The Buffalo Sabres had something of a roster squeeze when it came to the draft, as there were certain players they wanted to keep but thought they could lose. So they worked out a predraft deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Sabres packaged Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre (who was nicknamed the Hyphenator), Matt Davidson (no nickname available) and fifth-round picks to Columbus in 2000 and 2001 for future considerations. Then when the draft came along, the Blue Jackets took Dwayne Roloson and Geoff Sanderson, allowing the Sabres to keep their nucleus intact.
Grand-Pierre and Davidson played three seasons with the Blue Jackets. Davidson never had more than four goals in a season with Columbus. Sanderson had 30 or more goals twice for the Blue Jackets and played with four other teams as he finished up a 17-year career.
Roloson never played with Columbus, but helped Edmonton reach the Cup finals in 2006.
-- Budd Bailey
Sports Ink blog at buffalonews.com/blogs